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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

World's Worst Pictionary Players

Seriously - don't let any of these Wreckerators on your team.

On the one hand, I know this is probably supposed to be a car.

On the other hand... are you frickin' kidding me?

You know that control panel on Darth Vader's chest plate - the thing with all the boxes and lights? Yeah, that. Well, imagine that mashed up with a guitar, only they're both made out of balloons. Or maybe jelly beans. Got it? Can you see it? Good.

Now, tell me...does the thing you're imagining...look something like this?

Yes? No?
A-hah! Dang, I'm good.

Ok, here's where things get interesting: Go grab your friends/co-workers/family members, and see who can correctly identify these objects the fastest (if at all). Answers are at the bottom.




Time's up!

How'd you do? Here are your answers:

1) A hand mixer. Or possibly a hair dryer. But probably a hand mixer.

2) Ballet slippers

3) A helicopter

4) I have no idea. Really. Your guess is as good as mine. (Ugly little bugger, though, isn't it?)

Heather E., Anne D., Lisa O., Leah C., Tessa, & Jenny, if you're lucky enough to live near Austin, Texas, you simply MUST go to the That Takes The Cake show this weekend. Their theme this year is Science Fiction & Fantasy, people. I hear someone is making a gumpaste Zaphod Beeblebrox. I mean, come ON. Could that BE any cooler?

- Related Wreckage: Cue Cards, Please?

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Reader Comments (341)

My guesses:
1) Cannon firing really weird ammo
2) Gaudy hot pink pisces fish
3) Canoe paddle sinking into a grey poo whirlpool
4) Realy ugly VW Beetle

Guess I get an F. Or they do.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthesacredandtheprofane

I was wrong on all four! Hilarious.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine @ Grass Stains

That's a helicopter that's flying into the grey poop portal cake?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Shitty Astrologer

I thought #1 was a salad shooter! Didn't have a clue on the rest.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

My guesses:
A leaky bouncy house
A strangly-dressed Ms. Pacman
A record player
the Mystery Machine (it's vaguely van-shaped, and the flowers sorta match....)
*shakes head* So, so sad....

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

MUST have photos of gumpaste Zaphod!!! Not that the narcissitic fluffball is my hero or anything . . .

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter-- Pam

No, it could not be any cooler! How many cakes made to represent the two headed president of the universe could there be??

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

1) Hand mixer (yay me)
2) fish
3) Helicopter (holy shit - yay me)
4) a turtle with a blue police light on it's back.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTam

1. Hand mixer
2. Pink Owl
3. something from Harry Potter
4. a 4/20 preview cake...

Yeah I'd lose that game of Caketionary.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

BALLET SLIPPERS?!? I thought maybe fish or owl... I did get hand mixer, though.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarma Darling

I got the hand mixer. After that, I guessed some sort of fish, a shovel of some sort, and the last one... maybe a copy of a van gogh painting, created by someone who took some lsd to help with their concussion?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersunioc

Well, I identified the handmixer (with liver spots) and the ballet slippers, but I thought sure the third one was a curling stone (poorly done, of course).

The 4th one looked like a girly Space Invader to me.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1 - Hand mixer - yay for me, but why does a hand mixer have chickenpox?
2 - pink bustier, for an alien.
3 - a paddle and inner tube for tubing down a choppy river.
4 - the front of a psychedelic bus, if I'm the one taking the LSD.

wv futdis: Why should I futdis bill for this ugly cake?

(This is the first wv I've ever been able to use in a sentence!)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I got electic mixer (and who doesn't have a polka-dotted mixer!) Fish and manhole cover with bloody oar on it. Last one, is some kind of abstract expressionist rendered in icing. However, I'm not very good at these things, no one ever wants me on their team. For example - I had no idea that the second one was a guitar. I guess I should have known because of the musical notes.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm with Bakingdom -- I thought the helicopter was a raft with an oar on it -- but I totally got the first two. Yay, me!
My guess for the last was a turtle -- one nobby black thing on the right (but none corresponding on left) I took to be a head.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidiKaye

You have to love the description on #3 "Classic White Picnic Cake" I dont' know about you but i've NEVER had a picnic cake that looked like that!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

you guys! That last one is the MOST obvious! It's a pink poodle face with yellow tape across its eyes and a few big black fleas! I mean, i don't know how you didn't GET that. Maybe you just gotta be a dog person, ya know?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

1) a fallen lamp
2) a dead fish
3) a used condom
4) huh? belongs with the leafy car up top!

Been gone . . . it's good to be back!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I'm with Liz..I thought the last one was a turtle.
wv: chothy
People should be more chothy when selecting a bakery. (Sorry, I just lost my two front teeth.)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdouberlyfamily

wow. i would have lost pictionary fo sho.
1. a hair dryer
2. a lingerie-wearing clam
3. a record player
4. the mystery machine

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter.

I really hope we get to see some pics of that gumpaste Zaphoid after the show!

I guessed two out of four... if the last one even counts!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Clearly, everyone is better at the game than I am.
I though #1 was an iron lung. :-/

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentera.m.f.

That fourth one is totally a hippy VW bug. Can't you see it?!?!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

I thought:
1. Hand mixer
2. Fish
3. I was leaning towards oar and raft in the ocean, but I kept wondering why the water was so gray
4. Freakish turtle

Cake should seriously not be so confusing or so ugly. I'd only venture to eat the hand mixer cake because at least it looks like cake!

wv: Wamackee. These cakes sure are wamackee!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Come on people! #4 was easy! I didn't even have to think about it. A sheep.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDelilah

i thought #3 was an inflatable life raft and oar in choppy water... too. i can't form a helicopter.
*tilting head right*
*tilting head left*
eh. no. not getting helicopter.

that's some seriously thick icing going on there!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknine22

I got #1, wasn't sure on two.. thought maybe some type of fish, #3 left me clueless but for #4 I saw a wagon full of flowers...

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren H

1. hand mixer
2. corset
3. record player
4. van from Scooby Doo

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I refuse to let the world believe that is a pair of ballet slippers when it is (i)clearly(/i) a headless ladybug. That is the name of a very popular dance in the Southeast region of Northern Fra..Spain. The Headless Ladybug Jig. Clearly.

Why is the helicopter so shiny??

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershmoni

I saw a cup of hot cocoa, a pinkish fish, an inflatable raft, and a bad acid flashback.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

That one that was supposed to be the helicopter (really?)...I actually saw the triangle-headed alien at the opening of the cantina sequence in Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Revision).

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#3 is definitely a curling stone... I must have Olympics overload

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

People, people. The spots on the mixer are from the batter flying around due to having the speed set too high. Who among us has not done that?

Gray poo, though? and some kind of spoon for stirring it. I'm really not seeing the helicopter.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, see that second cake is actually a top view of an orange frog, zapping a fly with its tongue. The frog of course is infected w/ some sort of tongue fungus, or maybe those are gnats on the tongue, and also on the fly.

But definitely not a guitar, no way. 9_9

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

My guesses were 1) hand mixer 2) a Corset 3) I had no freakin idea 4) a VW van???

And the guitar looked like a Mikey Mouse Head with a stick coming out of it's head. I'm not sure where you get Darth vader... Jelly beans yes... But Darth? no. Mickey Mouse Head? yes... Guitar? No.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Spencer

1. I thought Blowdryer
2. I was thinking pink pacman
3. Metal Detector. That was actually pretty obvious. The background is meant to be sand.
4. Bouquet of flowers

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The guitar bridge looks like a penis. Going into a...I don't know. I got the hand mixer, but I thought #2 was a neglige. I really hope that cake wasn't for a little kid's birthday party. It probably was, though.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMari

I totally thought the ballet slippers were the hat the pope wears.... couldn't figure out the last two. ROFL.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNala

1. Hand mixer covered in poop
2. Vagina
3. Curling stone (I maintain this is correct!)
4. Gangrenous turtle

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

My guesses were:
1. A weird looking hair dryer
2. A headless ladybug
3. A lollipop made out of cement
4. A Lovebug

p.s. the captcha I have to type in is "poomit" :)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Oh noes, the helicopter has crashed upside down! Aieee!

And yes, there will be a Zaphod made out of gumpaste at the Austin cake show. He's sitting behind ET, which is a good thing because with two heads, he can see around ET's up-stretched head. And behind that, Londo is being unfair to G'Kar *again*. Tsk.

Thanks for the shout out...we'll get you lots of piccies next week!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I saw 1) a cannon, 2) lips, 3) a raft with oar, or maybe arrow and target 4) the Mystery Machine. Definitely the Mystery Machine. You can just see the drugs.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathie

I think #4 is the Partridge Family Van!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercraftyashley

1 = one of those big tank reservoirs that sprung a leak and has some type of liquid spurting out of it

2 = a pink football with some Roman numerals to celebrate a certain game; I saw there was a word on the board but was too afraid to enlarge the picture so I could read it (past experience has taught me this!)

3 = a grey hamburger covered by a red spatula with a yellow worm on it (how am I doing so far??)

4 = the Official Wreckerator Getaway Vehicle, perfect for leaving the scene of their crimes against cake without attracting any attention whatsoever

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

A Helicopter???? REALLY??? WTF??

I thought maybe it was oar on a raft in an ugly gray ocean... maybe for a LOST party or something.

Who knew that helicopter and shovels were related? Not I!

I got the hand mixer (Yay me!) I only got the ballet slippers because of the word "DANCE" on the side which, at first glance, I thought said "DUNCE". I guess that would be appropriate. :) I had no guess on #4 and I ran out of time... awwww man!

Thanks Jen! Love it!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

1. I got hand mixer too
2. I thought it was pink lips
3. I saw a turntable
4. um.....a hippy uterus?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust Jim

See, my guesses were:

1) a diseased handmixer
2) a pair of lips
3) a space station on the moon
4) a spray painted hippie turtle

Totally unappetizing. The last one looks like it tastes of hippie vomit.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Huh, I thought I rocked this thing. I thought 2 was a fish until I realized if you flipped it 90 degrees to the left, it makes a pretty good pink owl. I thought 3 was a record player. And the fourth one I think is an ill-fated attempt at a VW van from either the back or the side. I think the black thing in the yellow area is a steering wheel. Although that makes the black cupcake at the front even more perplexing. Perhaps the wreckerator is messing with us and it is a Rorschach inkblot test made for their own amusement.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My answers:
1) A hand mixer (woot!)
2) A ladybug (with stripes?)
3) A record player
4) VW beetle or bus done in ScoobyDoo mystery machine style. A la mystery CCC.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAMB

mmmmmm - I'll have one of the balck frosted airbrused cupcakes on the last cake. I love having black teeth and discolored poo!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

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